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hello, everyone. thank you for joining us. i'm don lemon. you are in the cnn newsroom. after 781 days in prison, shane and i are now free men. >> at long last, two americans are back on u.s. soil. their imprisonment in iran finally over after more than two years. skro josh fattal and shane bauer stepped off of a plane today. they were released after a brokered deal with oman. all three were accused of being spies. cnn's susan candiotti was there when the hikers spoke a short time ago.
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susan, what did they have to say apparently we are having trouble with susan candiotti who has been following that story. we will listen to the hikers. >> we had to go on hunger strike repeatedly to receive letters from our loved ones. many times, too many times, we heard the screams of other prisoners being beaten, and there was nothing we could do to help them. >> though we'd like to be very clear, this was never about crossing the unmarked border between iran and iraq. we were held because of our nationality. >> that was josh fattal an shane bauer. they returned to the u.s. today. they were let go on wednesday and they are back on u.s. soil. obviously they are happy. their families are happy. sarah shourd and josh fattal are al actually engaged to be married now. he made her a wedding ring out of a shirt he wore in prison. the first time they are speaking
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out on u.s. soil. you see all three hikers there. susan candiotti is standing by. i hope all is well with you now and your live signal. have they said anything about the reason that they were arrested in iran? they said they didn't know they were crossing the border. what have they said now they are back. >> now they are back they are saying pretty much what they said before the that if they crossed the border they didn't know they had done so. on previous occasions they said they were drawn across the border. they did emphasize emphatically they are not spies. we have a portion of what they said about that. do we have that ready? okay. let's take a listen. >> you had problems with your live shot but they talked about
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that. here's my question. this is interesting because shane bauer was critical of american policy at one point, is he speaking about that at all? >> he sure was. as a matter of fact, what they are saying is -- and they maintain they have always held this position, all three of the hikers. they are critical, they said -- when they were being held, they claim, as hostages, political pawns, only because they were u.s. citizens because of bad blood between the united states and iran. the guards would say we are holding you in part because if you are i complaining about the conditions under which you are being held what about the people who are being held at guantanamo bay and they said, well, you know, we think the united states is wrong for treating people as they do, as they put it in secretive cia prisoners and in places like guantanamo bay. but the hikers put it two wrongs don't make a right and that is a critical comment that may raise
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some eyebrows. >> all right. susan candiotti, thank you very much. we appreciate we apologize for the technical difficulties. president obama is out west this hour speaking at a political fund-raiser in washington state. as you might imagine, he is getting a warm with welcome from the partisan audience. these are live pictures of the president speaking. he spent most of the speech promoting his jobs bill, a plan that is not popular among republicans and asked the crowd to help with his re-election. >> i've come because i need you to help finish what we started in 2008. back then we started this campaign not because we thought it would be a cake walk. after all you supported a
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candida candidat candidate named barack hussein omaum ma. >> president speaking right now. he is in seattle, washington, speaking at a democratic event here. it is a partisan event. he's among a crowd who is receptive. the president heads south to california for more fund-raisers later this evening. in washington, lawmakers are at odds over the budget. this time it is a short-term spending bill that includes disaster money for fema. on cnn's state of the union, senators from both parties said they hope to avoid a shut down but insisted the oh side is partial -- the other side is partially to blame. >> give the senate democratic leader most of the credit. he manufactured a crisis all week about disaster when there's no crisis. everybody knows we're going to pay for every penny of disaster aid the president declare, and
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that fema certifies and the house sent over a bill that says that and the senate should have approved it. >> one point of who to blame or not to blame on this current, hopefully nonshutdown is there is a group, and i do believe it is mostly in the house in terms of the tea party republicans who say on every issue we're going to make this a make or break. >> lawmakers have adjourned and spent the weekend at home. they have until friday, friday to reach a deal. with this country close to revolution, yemen's president blamed terrorists for the deadly violence at anti-government protests. medics say one protester was killed as yemeni troops battled demonstrators in the capital. 200,000 turned out for the protests. on saturday 38 people were killed in clashes in the
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capital. today's address by saleh comes two days after he returned to yemen from saudi arabia where he was treated for injuries suffered in an assassination attempt n. a speech he said al qaeda is supported by the elements responsible for the violence. saudi arabia is moving closer to equality for women. king abdullah announced today that women will be able to vote and run for office. the change goes in to effect after thursday's municipal elections, but no one knows when that will be. thursday's election is only the snekd the past 50 years. still, the white house praised the move toward equality. so much for the third time being a charm for diana nyad . the 62-year-old endurance swimmer reluctantly ended her latest attempt to swim the 103 miles from cuba to florida late this morning. >> i owned it. i trained so damn hard for it. i deserve it.
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it is a hard thing to let go of. >> she is a good lady and a trooper. diana nyad began her swim on friday evening and projected it would take 60 hours to complete. she suffer ed jellyfish and man of war fish and pushed from strong currents before being pulled to the water after 67 miles. she made her first attempt 33 years ago and her second attempt last month ended after 29 hours. . still ahead on cnn -- >> jesus christ! >> a gunman opens fire near a stadium with children playing football. we have information on how police took him out. but first is herman cain now at the top of the gop heap? did rick perry's shaky performance put him there? we are talking about politics after the break. peter. performance put him there? we are talking about politics after the break. lp us crunch the numbers for accounts receivable today. i mean i know that this is important.
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let's talk about politics. hemplen cain won the straw poll and it wasn't even close. maybe it had something to do with this. >> i think americans just don't know sometimes which mitt romney they are dealing with. it is the mitt romney that was on the side of against the second amendment before he was for the second amendment? was it before he was before the social programs from the standpoint of he was for standing up for roe v. wade before he was against -- >> oh. it hurts to look at, guys. not a great debate for rick perry last week. let's talk about it. the straw poll with our regular
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cnn contributor. will, so that was a cringe worthy moment. no doubt there. did rick perry make herman cain's win possible in the straw poll? did it have anything to do with it? >> yes. i think it says more about rick perry and to a lesser extent than mitt romney. it is a vote of no confidence for rick perry. he tried hard in florida. he wined and dined and breakfasted and gave private speeches to the straw poll voters but to come in a distant second is no good. this is says a lot of what they think about rick perry. >> we are asking a question about rick perry when he won by a large margin the florida straw poll. lz, is herman cain now the man to beat? what's the reality here? >> i'm sure he l would like to think so. the the reason he finished number one is because he was the
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most entertaining in the debate. he had some great responses that were humorous and people felt gook good about him like "american idol" but once it is said and done and people go home, herman cain is not the man for the gop. >> "american idol" and politics. i like that. perry restarted the chris christie kroou rumors but he says the new jersey governor is not the answer. he said it more concisely than anyone. take a listen. >> how many times and how many ways does a man have to say no before we stop running around in circles because someone reported to being a journalist purports to know something. he said over and over again he won't and he won't. >> does that end it? >> will that end the chris christy rumors? >> probably not. >> i said mitt romney was someone who lost in the herman cain win because romney put together a great debate
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performance. he's been running in florida for six years. for him to lose says something. here's what i think is happening. before donors and supporters walk out on the field and support mitt romney they are tai stepping off the sidelines and say ru are you sure you are not getting in before we do this? before we do this mitt romney thing are you sure christie? >> one more moment that made an impregs presentation. the boos after a gay soldier asked about don't ask, don't tell. listen to this. >> my question is, under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military. >> were they booing the soldier or the question? >> obviously they were booing the soldier. for me the most disturbing part of that was the lack of compassion and response that came from the candidates.
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they need to step up and say we do not boo our servicemen and the men and women who sacrifice their lives so we can be free. i did not hear that from the can dants me that was more disturbing, more than the booing. >> they said they didn't hear it. will, i have been to the debates. you are on the stage, i don't know, usually you can hear anyone in the audience. doinds recoil when they see this sort of thing happen at a gop debate or any debate. >> because we are talking about it right now, the way i see it. it is a guy, three, four, or five guys who booed. it is not representative of the gop electorate and it wasn't representative of the crowd there that day. here we are taed today talking about that handful of jerks and that probably turns off independence but i hope they look at the bigger picture. >> handful of jerks. >> i'm sorry. >> handful of jerks?
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who has been the most resist tonight their rights, there is a movement against them and it is ridiculous, will. >> that will have to be the last word. >> i will let you finish. >> we are not talking about gay rights and gay marriage. we are talking about booing a gay soldier. let's be specific. to say that is a couple of jerks that's exactly what it was. i don't want to have an entire ideology of conservatives painted by someone who knead booed a gay soldier. that guy needs to go to hell and it doesn't represent conservatism. >> when you boo a soldier you are booing someone's son or daughter who has gone off to fight for our independence. conrad murray goes on trial. a look at the cocktail of prescription drugs that police
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in suburban seattle, new details about a dramatic shootout you saw last night here on cnn.
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[ gun fire [ sglk jesus christ! the barrage of bullets came as police killed a gunman in a town of is you. police say the man fired the first shot at an elementary school where he tried to break in to a car. from there, police say he attempted to get in to the cab of a backhoe that was on school property. police converged on the scene and exchanged shots with the man killing him before he was able to get to the children and parents at the youth football game. no went one else was hurt. michael jackson died two years ago but this week the entire world will relive the shocking, heart-breaking news t. dr. conrad murray goes on trial for his alleged role in the pop star's death. at the center of the case, a
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cocktail of high power, prescription drugs that belonged only in a hospital. >> this is cnn, breaking news. >> michael jackson, 50 years old. the king of pop has died. >> as news of michael jackson east death sent shock waves around the globe, the search for answers was just beginning. >> just looking for any evidence of foul play or anything like that. >> reporter: within hours, investigators were on the scene of jackson's hollywood mansion. they soon discovered the singer had his own personal pharmacy. some of the prescription drugs were labelled. many were not. the extent of michael jackson's drug use was starting to emerge. some of his closest friends and family were stunned. >> i only knew of what he was taking to sleep. that's it. now hearing all of these things that i can't even pronounce the
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words, i wasn't aware. that led to dependency on anything else, i would know. but i'm just saying that every time i saw michael, he was 1,000% coherent. 1,000%, with a smile on his face. >> michael's addiction did run much deeper and many within his inner circle were aware. physician depock choe pra, a friend of michael jackson said michael once asked him to write a prescription for a narcotic. >> i said i wasn't going to write a prescription and when i confronted him he started to cry and he said, you don't understand, i'm in a lot of pain. >> chopra said he feared for michael jackson's death. and so along with a member of the family he arranged for an intervention. >> he was upset and angry, burst no a temper, left the room. >> when do you think the drug use started? >> i believe a lot of it had to
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do with the stress of the 1993 allegations. >> reporter: in is 993, michael jackson was accused of sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy. jackson strongly denied the allegations during a televised statement but eventually settled the case for $20 million. no charges were ever filed. during that same televised statement, jackson admitted publicly he had a drug addiction. >> as you may already know, after my tour ended, i remained out of the country, going through treatment for a dependency on pain medication. >> the first set of allegations began the ruination of michael. >> dr. conrad murray goes on trial next week. i will be in los angeles all week to cover the trial for cnn and bring you the latest from the courtroom. it's the end of an era in one spanish city.
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associated with. this low-hanging clouds. from time to time. we may have seen a wall cloud. you can see a lightning strike right there. this is for fayette county, shelby counties are now under tornado warnings and the storm has a history of producing large hail when it was over the state line before it moved in to tennessee when it was in to arkansas. we have seen reports of between golf ball and tennis ball-size hail. this is a dangerous storm. this is north of downtown memphis. i will show you it on the radar picture. you can see the area we're talking about. it is kind of getting bad data in here. it is right over the radar site. this is the area we are talking about, compared to downtown. there are multiple storms, which developed to the south and west of there. there are more storms moving in to the area as we head through the rest of the evening. there's a tornado watch in effect until 10:00 tonight for western parts of tennessee down in to mississippi, as well as in to arkansas. on the north side of the system,
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we are just i looking at showers, maybe embedded thundershowers but it has been a lousy day here. we have an area of low pressure. it is cut off from the main jet so stream. it will sit here the next three days. a lot of wet, active weather is expected. something else going on associated with the upper low is a number of water spouts reported off of lake michigan. look at these pictures from yesterday morning. this was two to five miles off the coast. you can see them from milwaukee and the chicago area. there were literally dozens of reports of this. this is kind of an unusual thing that happens from time to time over lake michigan, don. that water is so warm right now. it is 25 degrees warmer than the cold air that moved in and that produces instability and why they had so many water spouts there yesterday. a lot of rotations all over the place. we will continue to track the storms and if anything changes in memphis, we will let you know. >> i lived on the lake and can
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attest to that. not that i saw them so much but i know it does happen. thank you. cnn international desk editor is here with some interesting news items that you might have heard about. let's begin in spain. centuries-old trgs tradition is coming toed and in that part of the country. >> when you think of spain and barcelona you think of bull fighting. today marked the end of an era that has been synonymous with spain and traditional, the traditional sport. what we are seeing here are pictures -- some are too graphic. so i don't want to get in to the details of that but what we will show you here is video of jose tomas. one of the world renowned matadors or bull fighters. you can see a ic chur of him in his video and he had his last bull fight today. bull fighting is not ending in spain but just in barcelona. i want to be clear about that.
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this is the ring where the bull fighting took place and the seats were sold out at the venue. you could not get a single ticket to the event that took place today. let's talk about peru. there is a debilitating virus, one of the most debilitating viruss in world and no one has ever heard of it. >> it is called the stealth virus. it looks and acts like hiv. it is transmitted like hiv but it is not hiv. so it is called the htlv-1 or human limb foe treu troefic virus. 20 million people carry the virus but only 20%, less than 20% actually display characteristics of it. we are looking at video from lima, peru. here's a doctor who's on the cutting edge of this research.
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and what happens is that people who actually display symptoms of this have weakened muscle and lose mobility in their legs. here's a girl who has it. she got the virus from her mother while she was being breast-fed as a child but the mother didn't know she had the virus and then the passed it along to her daughter. there's no treatment for it as of right now. it's been around in peru, specifically over 400 years. >> disturbing. in mexico, the war on drug cartel claimed another high profile victim. >> they targeted an editor of a mexican newspaper. as we know, south of the border this continues to happen month after month after month. the violence continues to escalate. there seems to be no end in sight. in acapulco, teachers have come out and said enough is enough. if you don't control this to the government they are saying this, then we will protest and not show up to class. we can't go on like this. >> seems like every week or so
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we get reports of violence and bodies. just unbelievable. thank you very much. we will be covering internationally this week. another dark moment for the economy. wall street suffered the worst week in nearly three years. will it be better on monday? [ woman ] we take it a day at a time. that's how it is with alzheimer's disease. she needs help from me. and her medication. the exelon patch -- it releases medication continuously for twenty-four hours. she uses one exelon patch daily for the treatment of mild to moderate alzheimer's symptoms. [ female announcer ] it cannot change the course of the disease.
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the stock market is coming off the worst week since the days of 2008. it is no laughing matter but jay leno found a little humor in it and i will let him put it in perspective for you. >> bad day for the stock market. down nearly 400 points. they are calling it the worst september meltdown since the red sox. >> ouch. sorry for the red sox fans out this. but the point is ault all eyes are on the market to see what happens when it opens in the morning. i want to bring in nicole lappen to get you prepared on what you can expect. get ready. fasten your seat belt. what is likely to happen when wall street gets back to work. >> i wish i knew. i wish jay leno or i -- it is either of our guesses.
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we are slightly higher last time i checked. we could be getting a bounce from the beat down we saw last week and that saw the dow and broader s&p 500 off 6 1/2%. let me tell you a secret about buying stocks in the stock market. it is similar to buying groceries at the supermarket. when things are on sale, which is another way at what the market is doing right now. there are a lot of bargain hunters. so we could see a little bump when wall street opens tomorrow morning. >> a lot of concern about the european markets. this current crisis in europe -- i hear it could make the 2008 meltdown look tame by comparison. i wonder if you are hearing anything like that from the imf and world bank meeting in washington. >> that's actually the scariest thing i'm hearing right now. leaders are meeting in washington right now and it could make 2008 look like small potatoes because 2008, remember, was a banking crisis that
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stemmed from the housing sector. and this could be much worse. this could be a solvency crisis, versus liquidity crisis. business leaders don't know how far and how fast it is spreading. and that is stemming from greece, italy, ireland, portugal. we don't know how far and how fast it is spreading. that's one of the concerns we are hearing from timothy geithner coming out of washington saying it could affect their banking sector that could come over here and make 2008 look like a walk in the park. >> as far as the markets tomorrow, we will get some indication when the european markets and asian markets open. not long from now. that may give us an indication of what will happen in the u.s. the oil markets, nicole are affected but it is not a bad thing for consumer because at least in the short term gas is under $3 in some states. >> it could be a silver lining for those consumers.
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you are right, don. but look, look oil cuts both ways. it short-term stimulus for consumers because they are spending less to fill up their tanks so presumably they will spend more on dinner and clothes but on the flip side it shows weakening global demand. that cuts in longer term to consumer sentiment and confident dense and fear of things like the markets that we talked about of europe. so folks are not actually spending like we would hope them to be. and i would say, this may not make me popular, but perhaps deal with a little pain at the pump right now because that could be nothing compared to what we are looking ahead to if we continue see global weakening in term of the energy sector and global economic recovery. >> nicole lapin. >> just keeping it real. >> thank you. appreciate it. >> always great to see you. an agonizing choice for the
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imagine being born in america spend aing most of your childhood here and one day being deported. that's what often happens to the sons and daughters of illegal immigrants when their parents are discovered. it's a heart-breaking dilemma with no easy answers. and we are introduced to one of these families. >> reporter: i first met julie when she was 13. she was in the middle of one of the most tumultuous times of her life. her mother and brothers had just been deported to mexico. her family was about to be separated for good. we followed julie's story for four years to document the impact of deportation and separation on american children born to undocumented parents. there are an estimated 4 million kids just like her. julie's nightmare began in 2006, when immigration agents arrested her mother, a hotel maid who had
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been working without documents in washington. >> i was there when they handcuffed her. i was there when they took her down. >> reporter: julie's mother anna, her step father and two older brothers who came to the united states when they were just toddlers were all deported. julie and her sister char reese, both americans and still children had no choice but to follow. julie was a stranger in a foreign land and that's when we first found her, in a cramped house in mexico city. >> how did you do in school? >> really bad. just come home. sit down and cry. mom, i can't do it. >> why? >> i can't read or write spanish. >> reporter: when texas businessman joe kenard read about julie's plight he contacted her mother and i ranged for her to move to texas with his family so she could continue her education.
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>> you might make the argument she knew the consequences and the choice, et cetera. but why the children, they are born here. they are u.s. citizens. >> it was a huge opportunity for julie but a painful decision for her family. >> that was four years ago. julie is now 17. she told me that just thinking about the day she left her mother behind in mexico still causes her heart to drop. >> i just remember we were holding hands and just slid apart and i went my way and she went her way. i looked back once. she was looking and never turned around again because she was crying. i dwant to see my mom cry. >> joe hired an attorney and after fighting the case in court her mom was granted a temporary work visa to return to the united states. >> mommy! >> it was a bittersweet reunion.
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>> back in washington, julie and charise are living with their mother. >> do you mix mexico? >> i miss my dad. >> sharis would prefer to be in mexico because her dad is there and you prefer here because you grew up here. it is a difficult the spot for kids to be in, isn't it? >> they have no choice basically. >> i asked anna if she had any regrets about putting her children in such a difficult position. she said, yes because she brought her oldest children in to the u.s. when they were very young and they are suffering because of the decisions she made, but she says she also did it for them, to give them an opportunity for a better life. julie and sharis savor these moments with their mother and say they have faith the rest of the family will one day be reunited. >> tonight, soledad o'brien introduces you to a latino boxer
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it is one of these things even if they make it you wonder what they will bring in to the postseason. >> let's talk about the phillies. they had the best record of the season and lost eight in a row going in to today. are they favored to win the world series still? >> i think they are. remember, the urgency maybe isn't there. they have such a great pitch ing rotation. four ace starters. you have to look at them as the favorite. the yankees probably second but i wouldn't read in to that too much. >> we can't talk sports without strikes or lockouts. are we going to have probably basketball this year? >> we may have it but it doesn't look like it will start on time remember, the nfl were talking about how to divide the $9 billion profit. the nba is different. half of the owners say we are
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losing money. you don't have the public -- the public wanted their prophile football. you don't sense that with the nba. they have cancelled pre-season games and the sides are far apart. it will be interesting to sea how it plays out. right now it looks grim. >> nfl controversy, the so-called flop by a couple of new york giants apparently faking injuries. let's look at it right there. >> go down and fake injuries. >>, so, don, explain this. what were they doing? >> you don't think they were really hurt? you don't think they miraculously went down on the same play? the giants need a better choreographer. this has been happening for a few years. we saw i it in the world cup. players taking a dive. maybe they are tired. it slows the clock but the nfl cracked down and put out a warning saying you could lose draft picks, suspensions, fines. we will see if it continues.
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the football term is called scuba. has been building a few years. we'll see if we see more of this throughout the season. >> it is common but they are taking steps to prevent it. okay, jon, brad pitt on the cover of "sports illustrated" for the movie "money ball." listen to it. >> what can he do? >> he gets on base. >> we are going to turn the odds on the casino. >> text me the play-by-play. >> what? >> i don't watch games. >> the movie has gotten great reviews. billy bean is a big influence, the character, is a big influence. did it work for his team in the long haul? >> it worked for a period. we're talking about the scene showed was great. it showed old school scouts relying on their gut versus new school analytics and data to
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assess players. and the problem is everybody caught on to the tactic if you want to call it that. now everyone is playing money ball and the a's are well under 500. it worked in the short term but didn't change much the long run. >> "money ball." what's the book called again jon wertheim? >> score casting. >> that's the book. the author of the book. a tornado warning in the memphis area and we are going to get the latest on that situation after a quick break. but first i want to tell you about this vacation. it is time for rest, relaxation and exhilaration? adventure tourism is on the rise. cnn's alison kosik has tips to make the most of your experience when you are on the go. ♪ >> coming in hot, baby. >> reporter: if you are thinking
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of aedsing adventure to your next trip, you are not alone. many people are taking their vacation to thej but you need to be prepared in something goes wrong. people don't realize that their normal medical health insurance doesn't always cover what you are dogging on an adventure. >> up a supplemental insurance can be purchased on-line up to an hour before you leave. if you want to bring your own gear, it can cost you. many airlines charge for equipment that is more than 50 pounds or longer than 62 inches like a surfboard or skis. >> i recommend people rent on location. >> reporter: when you get to your destination you may need time to get acclimated, especially in the mountains. >> you want to have enough time for your body to get used to the new oxygen levels. >> reporter: if you are diving, take a break before the flight home. >> the general rule is 12 do 24 hours after the last dive is when you are safe to fly. >> reporter: consider the extra
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our meteorologist jacqui jeras has been following a tornado warning in the memphis area. what's the update on that. >> the warning expired. that's the good news. there was a funnel cloud spotted. a lot of lightning with the storm. i believe we have video to show you from the tower cam.
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a tornado warning was i in effect for a half hour. there the funnel was five miles north of the city. a close call for memphis. the warning is over with for now. however, a watch is in effect. conditions still favorable for tornados to develop and we will be watching the area through the evening. the watch will go until 10:00 local time for tonight. now, this is part of the weather system. it is associated with what we call an upper level low across the great lakes. there's nothing to move it out of the way. milwaukee, chicago, indianapolis, cincinnati, the dreary weekend you have had will continue in to the workweek, probably at least until say thursday when things look better. it will be warm across the rockies. it will be warm ahead of that system. watch for nice near 80-degree temperatures tomorrow for new york city and washington, d.c. denver up to 87 degrees. and last, but not least, we are keeping an eye on the tropics. ophelia is post tropical.
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no longer concerned about and we have tropical storm philippe but nothing expected to hit land anytime soon. >> thank you very much. we appreciate it. the next hour of the cnn newsroom starts right now. top of the hour, i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. here the cnn newsroom, this week begins one of the most high profile gut wrenching criminal trials you may ever witness. dr. conrad murray, the man blamed for michael jackson's death will defend himself in court on charges of involuntary manslaughter. the trial began on friday when the jury was seated. the defense tried to have the jury sequestered unsuccessfully. for a better understanding of the case here's ted rowlands. >> your honor, i'm an innocent man. >> reporter: the jury in the conrad murray manslaughter trial will have several questions
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